Interactive Video Suite (IVS)

Interactive Video Suite (IVS) is a tool that allows precise annotation of videos. Such annotations can improve the understanding of educational videos or encourage learners to interact with the videos provided. Overall, IVS can help enrich the viewer experience and make digital learning more dynamic by creating a closer connection between content and viewer.

On this page you will find information about the functionality and use of IVS, technical tips and hints, as well as examples of its use in the classroom.

Design interactive teaching videos

with video annotation tool Interactive Video Suite (IVS) as a Moodle plugin

An alternative way to interact and communicate with the content of your teaching video is to use the video annotation tool IVS (Interactive Video Suite). This is an innovative way of using video in the classroom, using what is known as social video learning. With the IVS Moodle plug-in, you can give your students the opportunity to engage with the video content in a way that they are already familiar with from social media: a subject-related discussion - up to the second in the video. In this way, students are not passive consumers of video content, as they are when they simply receive it, but are actively involved, which encourages attention and transfer thinking. This not only increases their motivation, but can also support the successful acquisition of knowledge and skills in the long term (more on this in the conference paper ↓).

Timed annotation of videos can be used for ideas and questions or to guide discussion as students comment and re-comment content. Annotations also appear as coloured icons on the playbar and can be accessed at any time by clicking on them. Comments can also be made via audio message. In addition, the IVS Video Editor provides a wide range of functions, from marking specific areas of the video frames, to controlling the playback speed, zooming in and out, and setting text annotations within the video frame. The tool can also be used to install interactive components.

The tool has proven to be a useful addition to the face-to-face formats. For example, it can be used in lecture recordings for questions and discussions, in the didactic preparation of demonstration videos from practice, for reflection processes in recorded presentations and role-plays, and especially in lecture analysis.

In addition to using your own videos from Leuphana's Panopto/MyVideo service, YouTube and Vimeo videos as well as external video files (via URL) can be integrated as video sources. The IVS tool is integrated directly into Moodle as a plug-in and is available to all teachers who wish to use timed annotation of videos in their courses.

Instructions on how to use IVS within your Moodle course:

0. In the course, click on "Enable Editing" in the top right corner. 1.
1. then select 'Create Activity or Material' when editing the section of your Moodle course
2. select IVS Interactive Video Suite
3. click the 'Add Panopto Video' button opposite the 'Panopto Video' field
4. select the 'Folder Settings' cog, click on the 'Settings' tab and under 'Download>Enable downloads' change the option from 'Use website folder' to 'Authenticated users with access' so that all IVS features are enabled for the Moodle role 'Student'.
5. select a video from the drop-down menu in the relevant course folder (ATTENTION: do not select "My Folder", select the relevant course folder!
6. confirm by clicking on "save changes" at the bottom of the window
7. make sure you enter the title of the video and confirm by clicking on "Save and go to the course" at the bottom of the page.
8. in the course, click on "Exit Editing" in the top right hand corner.
9. you will see the black IVS icon and the title of the video opposite in the section of your Moodle course.
10. DONE - The video is accessible and usable with all IVS functionality when you click on the title